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The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement
Preface I’ve been so busy making making things, making a hackerspace at FamiLAB, making a Maker Faire, talking about Making our Community better, and launching a maker-focused foundation that I don’t update this page often enough… I originally wrote this because I was constantly answering “What is a Maker?” – but I don’t get the question anymore – and that is a good thing. We’ve formed The Maker Effect Foundation to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities, please visit our website to learn more. If you live in Florida and consider yourself a Maker – please visit one of the hackerspaces / makerspaces listed below, and attend Maker Faires – you’ll meet awesome people and find some great ways to connect your personal passion to organizations that need your support! It is a great time to be a “Maker”! Makers have been on the “margins” for a long time – but what caused this move from the “margins to the mainstream?”

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Top 150 Makers Blog List There are hundreds of great inspiring and creative blogs to read, but do you ever wonder which blogs everyone else is reading? I do, which is why I have compiled a list of the top 150 design, inspiration, and DIY blogs – I call them all Makers. The blogs are measured and ranked based on 5 criteria (Alexa rank, Compete traffic, Google Pagerank, Google Reader subscribers, Yahoo! inlinks). This list certainly isn’t perfect. I tried to scour and dig for the most popular sites out there, but it’s nearly impossible to know about them all. Have fun browsing! Alexa Rank Alexa’s traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users and data collected from other, diverse sources over a rolling 3 month period. 1. Want to brag about your rank or give some link love to the Top 150 Makers Blogs list?

Hackerspace Ein Hackerspace (RaumZeitLabor in Mannheim) Ein Hackerspace (von Hacker und Space, engl. für Raum) oder Hackspace ist ein physischer, häufig offener Raum, in dem sich Hacker sowie an Wissenschaft, Technologie oder digitaler Kunst (und vielen anderen Bereichen) Interessierte treffen und austauschen können. Sie werden meist von Vereinen getragen, in denen sich die Interessenten organisieren. Funktion[Bearbeiten] Innenraum der c-base in Berlin Viele Hackerspaces setzen sich für die Förderung der Allgemeinbildung im technischen Bereich, sowie die Themen der Hackerkultur (wie z. Meist ist beim Eintritt keine Gebühr zu entrichten. Geschichte[Bearbeiten] Hackerspaces wurden zunächst in Deutschland durch etablierte Treffpunkte wie der c-base in Berlin oder der C4 in Köln eingerichtet. Bekannte Hackerspaces[Bearbeiten] International bekannt sind im deutschsprachigen Raum beispielsweise die c-base in Berlin, der Attraktor in Hamburg und das RaumZeitLabor in Mannheim sowie das Metalab in Wien.

Custom Goods Marketplace Makeably Rebrands As “Hatch,” Now Updates Pricing As You Go Makeably, the New York-based, custom-made goods marketplace that closed on seed funding from Great Oaks, 500 Startups and others earlier this year is now relaunching under a new, easier-to-remember name: Hatch. Alongside the rebranding, the company has also evolved the process by which consumers tweak and “remix” the products offered for sale. The site, founded by ex-Googlers Ryan Hayward and Anastasia Leng, is similar to CustomMade in that it’s an attempt to connect everyday shoppers with artisans capable of producing custom goods. But this summer, Hatch (then Makeably), made a slight shift to differentiate itself somewhat from its competitors. Leng explained that the majority of shoppers looking for custom items weren’t reaching out to artisans with detailed requests sprung out of their own minds, but were rather “remixing” existing products with small change requests. To encourage this culture of remixing, the company changed the site to better support user behavior.

PCB Designs Fabrication and Assembly Services | PCB Designers and Service Fabrication and Assembly Services Advanced Designs works with several vendors in order to get you the best price and service. We can organize and supervise your project, submit appropriate files and data to PCB fabricators and assembly houses. Our many years of experience, qualifies us to negotiate on your behalf, the best prices and terms. Generally, we will have 2 or 3 different companies submit bids for your approval, and will handle all the logistics in order to deliver a completely assembled product. Recommended Assembly House Sunnytech, ( is one of our recommended assembly vendors, located in Sunnyvale, Ca. PCB Manufacturing and Fabrication Advanced Circuits, ( is a recommended PCB fabricator, located in Aurora, Co. San Francisco Circuits, ( is a local PCB fabricator that we recommend, located in San Mateo, Ca. Do It Right, the Easy Way

Michael Zwaagstra: Too many educators believe that handwriting is obsolete. Nonsense Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion. Computers are everywhere and an increasing number of schools expect students, even those in Grade 1, to do their work on handheld tablets. Unfortunately, much of the debate about handwriting tends to dwell on minor issues. However, as important as these questions seem, they miss the bigger picture. Fortunately, research gives us a clear answer. According to Roessingh, printing creates memory traces in the brain that assist with the recognition of letter shapes. When students practice printing by hand, they learn how to read and write more quickly and more accurately. Students who handwrite fluently can engage with more challenging text than students who still struggle with basic vocabulary In the upper elementary grades, it is still important for students to learn cursive writing. Learning does not come automatically. National Post

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Sunday Drive Art Projects | Sunday Drive Art Projects Sunday Drive is a registered not-for-profit organization presenting arts events that bring new audiences to new places. Our projects increase the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary arts activities. We are a passionate group of arts professionals dedicated to nurturing cultural exchange and art activities around us. We believe contemporary art should be accessible to everyone. Sunday Drive is equally dedicated to creating exceptional opportunities for art makers and organizations that increase the ways we know each other, work together, and have a good time making art - preferrably together! Tania Thompson, Founder and Creative DirectorFaith Moosang, Guest CuratorMichael Vickers, Program ManagerOliver Pauk, Program ManagerSasha Henry, Marketing CoordinatorThe New Beat, Website & Photography

Horizon Ventures, Welcome to Horizon Ventures Social Enterprise notes Maxell || Plastic Moulding Services for your product Festival - What is Vintage Festival? - Vintage By Hemingway Celebrating 5 Decades of British Cool The Vintage Festival The Vintage Festival is a truly unique annual event which celebrates 7 decades of British Cool. It brings together and celebrates the music, fashion, film, art, dance and design from the 1920s to the 1980s that has made Britain the world's creative and cultural hot bed. Vintage explores this rich cultural history and the extraordinary influence that it has had on the modern world. The Vintage Festival Concept In 2007 Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the HemingwayDesign team developed a concept of a festival that celebrated the history of British Creativity. The concept had its birth in August 2010 at the highly acclaimed Vintage Festival on The Sussex Downs. In 2011 Vintage at Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, helped London celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain and in 2012 provide a two day highlight of the Preston Guild. Video above produced by www.ichikoo.com A Winning Team "An offbeat, cultural haven...

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